"Though optimistic about growth opportunities, Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer remains cautious about the vendor's near- and midterm
picture, according to a company memo examined by CRN.
"Linux, the open-source operating system that has dogged
Microsoft's Windows platform, appears to remain a top-of-mind
consideration. 'In this environment of lean IT budgets and concerns
about Microsoft's attention to customers, noncommercial software
such as Linux and OpenOffice is seen as interesting, good enough or
free alternatives,' Ballmer wrote in the memo.
"IBM, another bete noir for Microsoft, also earned some ink in
the memo. 'IBM's endorsement of Linux has added credibility and an
illusion of support and accountability, although the reality is
there is no center of gravity or central body investing in the
health and growth of noncommercial software or innovating in
critical areas like engineering, manageability, compatibility and
security,' Ballmer added..."
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